“Marco!... Polo!” Kids in a pool. One yells “Marco!” Another answers, “Polo!” After the fifth iteration, I’m wondering why I decided to go swimming that afternoon. After the tenth, I begin to entertain homicidal thoughts. Yet this dumbest of games honors one of the West’s greatest human beings. Why do I say that?
Happy (Pentecost) Sunday, the day in the Christian Church (all varieties) celebrating the sending down of the Holy Spirit to Jesus's Apostles. From my perspective, that Spirit, which I prefer to call the Great Life Force, is available to everyone of any religion or none. Moreover, it's been around since the Beginning, not just as of a few thousand years ago to a small group of my Jewish ancestors. But like electricity, if you have no conception of what it is or that it exists, aren't wired for it in your house, or even if you are, don't know where the light switches are or how to use them, then that Force or Spirit may as well not be there.
Whose team is best? Ours of course. Why? Because it’s ours. Okay, so whose team is worst? Theirs of course. Why? Because it’s not ours. Pretty childish, right? Just what you’d expect from kids in Little League. Yet big kids, called adults, are no different. And that’s not a good thing. Our better selves and more mature representatives tell us, “It’s not whether we win or lose, but how we play the game.” Then over against that, our smaller selves and less mature representatives counter with Vince Lombardy that “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” Or did I get it backwards? Anyway, you get my point.
Mysticism is dangerous. But first, you ask, what is mysticism? There are lots of definitions. My personal favorite, by the 20th century British writer on the subject, Evelyn Underhill, is “mysticism is first-person religion.” To paraphrase the rationalist Thomas Paine, Revelation is only for the person who received it. For everyone else it is mere hearsay. Yet at least the three Abrahamic religions are based on revelations to others. We "believers" are simply taking their experiences on faith. Our religions are thus third-person affairs. Think of the Black hymn, “Were you there when they crucified our Lord?” Nope. And neither were you. “Were you there when they laid Him in the ground (cave)?” Ditto. Or how about “Were you there when He rose up to the Sky?” I rest my case. None of us was there. It’s all hearsay—hearsay which some of us choose to believe.
Talk: “Looking for Wisdom”
When: Friday, June 21st, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Boulder Jewish Community Center
6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder
Workshop: “Looking for Wisdom Together”
When: Thursday, July 4th - Monday, July 8th, 2019
Where: Subud USA National Gathering
Hyatt Regency Hotel
330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(Exact dates and times for the workshop to be confirmed and published here)
Publication of Latest Wisdom Book!
"Wisdom for Living—Learning to Follow Your Inner Guidance"
by Sharon Clark & Reynold Ruslan Feldman
Winchester, UK John Hunt Publishing, O Books
When: Friday, July 26th, 2019
Where: Amazon and Barnes & Noble